List for F1 Visas Includes Many “Ghost Colleges”

Here’s the scenario: A U.S. consular official at an overseas location is facing an alien who wants a student (F-1) visa. The alien has a piece of paper from an American graduate school that says he has been admitted and is eligible for the visa. He also has documentation of his graduation from a local college.

The first problem: The officer has never heard of (as most people have not) the American College of Commerce and Technology (ACCT) in Falls Church, Va., the entity that has issued the Form I-20 needed by an F-1 applicant.

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